(Sorry but my French is not that great!) This may not be a masterpiece of Jules Verne, but in my eyes it is one of the first 'dystopias' in literature. The future looks bleak, people are enslaved by money and industry. Later there will be other and more famous examples: We (Evgeni Zamyatin), 1984, Brave New World,... but Jules Verne's desciption of 20the century Paris sets the way. Even before the Great Industrialization Verne already sees the danger. And that is for me the real value of 'Paris au XXme Siecle'.